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Absent those two militarily sophisticated enemies of the United States, Israel’s is the only airport on which a categorical ban has been placed.

What about other violent settings around the world? Every single one has merely a “should avoid” safety warning. That’s true for Syria, for Iraq, for Iran, for Yemen and for the Sinai Peninsula.

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Dyer pointed out that when she served in the U.S. military in Bosnia-Herzogovina in the 1990’s, when it was an official war zone, the FAA refrained from issuing a U.S. flight ban.

Why would that be? If the FAA is so concerned about the air safety of American citizens, how come there is no flight ban on Afghanistan or Pakistan?

The answer, according to Dyer, is commerce.

A primary, if not the primary, relationship the U.S. has with most countries is commerce. A travel ban to any nation cuts off that commercial relationship in a profound way. The FAA is tasked with ensuring the safety of American citizens, but a central concern is also the continuation of relationships between nations.

And that is why Dyer finds it inconceivable that the FAA would take such an anomolous step without close consultation with the State Department and with the White House.

“The FAA simply does not have the latitude to do this by itself,” Dyer explained. As she explained in a must-read article about the ban, the decision either did come directly from the White House, or was approved by the president. Or if it wasn’t, it should have been.

Cutting off her commercial airport from U.S. carriers is inherently a presidential-level decision, and Obama is responsible whether he made it or not,” Dyer wrote.

“I was shocked when I heard about the flight ban on Israel,” Dyer said.

There are several glaring distinctions between the action taken by the FAA with respect to its ban on U.S. flights into and out of Israel and other actions it has taken when local hostilities create a security concern for the government entity responsible for air traffic and safety.

There are, unfortunately, quite a few places around the globe right now where violent conflicts are taking place in proximity to airports. Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, the Sinai Peninsula, Yemen and the Ukraine spring immediately to mind. In fact, there has been a civil war raging in Syria for three years now, in which hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. The FAA has yet to issue a single total ban on U.S. flights to Syria. The same is true in Iraq. And in both of those last two countries, at least one of the combatants have and have used surface to air missiles.

In Pakistan, the situation is even worse. Within a thirty day period there have been multiple attacks on commercial airports, one in Peshawar and another on the airport in Karachi. And yet, U.S. airlines continue to fly into and out of both the Peshawar and Karachi airports, with merely a simple safety warning from the FAA.

On June 24, just a month ago, A Pakistani Taliban offshoot attacked an A310 Airbus as it landed at the Peshawar airport. The attack was launched from the roof of a nearby school. One passenger was killed and three crew members were injured. And in the Karachi attack, nearly a dozen Taliban terrorists stormed the airport with the intention of maintaining a long siege.

No ban on U.S. flights into Pakistan.

So, there goes the safety concern. It isn’t irrational for a government agency to seek to limit the dangers its citizens may encounter abroad. But it is something approaching irrational – and it may even be worse than that – for a government agency to respond so strongly, so completely and so swiftly over a relatively minor incident when wars being waged on a regular basis around other airports, and direct attacks on airports and efforts to hold hostages in airports result in far more lackadaisical responses.

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47 COMMENTS

  1. BECAUSE HE HATES ISRAEL AS MUCH AS HE HATES AMERICA. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO SEE AND NOW HE IS USING THE FAA TO RUIN ISRAEL. BUT KERRY CAN FLY AN AMERICAN PLANE SO IT HAS GOT TO STOP HE HAS GOT TO BE STOPPED PERIOD. LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE THEY HAVE NO ONE AND THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY KNOW IS RIGHT AND FIND THOSE TUNNELS AND AMMO GOD BLESS ISRAEL. AMEN

  2. BECAUSE HE HATES ISRAEL AS MUCH AS HE HATES AMERICA. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO SEE AND NOW HE IS USING THE FAA TO RUIN ISRAEL. BUT KERRY CAN FLY AN AMERICAN PLANE SO IT HAS GOT TO STOP HE HAS GOT TO BE STOPPED PERIOD. LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE THEY HAVE NO ONE AND THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY KNOW IS RIGHT AND FIND THOSE TUNNELS AND AMMO GOD BLESS ISRAEL. AMEN

  3. It is impossible to get responsible counts of deaths among Palestinians because Hamas is rigging Palestinian homes and neighborhoods. Buildings and domiciles are blown up- with (and by) Hamas’s arsenals. Hamas is privatized, a mercenary organization, and promotes child-martyrdom among Palestinian children. The validity of the data gathering could depend upon 1) the number of deaths among a Palestinian family in a household, and 2) the possibility of hurried burials by non-nuclear family members who were aware of Hamas’s movements.
    Palestinian families may have no options (regarding having their communities rigged) and often take orders Hamas’ regiments who do not confer with civilians, but approve of Palestinians as human shields. Hamas is not seeking to save a community, they are only seeking to inflict carnage- and use the media (and not responsibly) as a super weapon.
    Hamas is not going to stop shooting missiles into Israel, particularly Israeli airports because Hamas wants to make it impossible to fly anything into Israeli airspace even though Ben Gurion Airport is safe.
    When it becomes too dangerous for planes to land in Israel (otherwise they will be blown up by Hamas), the FAA will attempt to force all USA (air) traffic to Israel to cease. It’s time for all of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Arab counties who embrace some democratic goals and freedoms to put an end to Hamas’ treachery. It’s time to put an end to the destruction Hamas is bringing to the Middle East: the spiritual center of the Western world. Stop Hamas now from shooting missiles into Israel.

  4. The American administration has succeeded to do what Hamas has failed so far: To cause a kind of Israel’s isolation, paralizing the aviation activity for 36 hours. This served the Hamas’ purposes very well and granted the terrorists with their victoriois pucture they were longing for. It is obvious that the FAA would have never made such a decision without consulting high rank officials in the administration. After all, America, according to Obama & Kerry, is Israel’s best friend.
    Here is an update to the FAA’s logo:

  5. Islam is a political religion to control his Nation and to have a vision to conguer the whole world thats why womans are not allowed to marry anybody, except only if you are a muslim also.. and one is, if they want to marry, they have to buy it..

  6. Oh yes my Jewish American friends remember what your daddy told you that you must vote for a Democrat President no much he hates Israel and its people. When will you bunch of old biddies learn and wizen up?

  7. …Save your admiration against Ted Cruz. He can never run for president because he’s not American-born. A code-name: Diomedes in the present form, is the bridge you needed for your region. It is not the Representatives of the American Congress. Hint: In the 60’s Congressman Adam Clayton Powell was denied elevation to Speaker of the House. He was 4 in-line before the death On Kennedy. Allegdedly, and I not saying this, a ex-congressman who, a the crows fly’s, supposedly failed to get his middle state behind him, so he lost his election bid. The guy needs a big break and acting as Diomedes could be a big break for him, if recruited…

  8. …anyway one look’s at it, to date, 800 people are dead, and that is a lot to atone for. After all, they’re all Asians, and crazy, & still in modern dated from 1054 A.D., during the religious wars…

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